The District has 200 waterfowl production areas that are open to public uses. Wildlife-dependent recreational activities are allowed on these areas:
- Wildlife observation
- Environmental education
Hunting and ice fishing are two of the most frequent activities on waterfowl production areas. Most hunting seasons open in the fall, making this the most popular time of year for waterfowl production area waterfowl production area
Waterfowl production areas are small natural wetlands and grasslands within the National Wildlife Refuge System that provide breeding, resting and nesting habitat for millions of waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland birds and other wildlife. Virtually all waterfowl production areas are in the Prairie Pothole Region states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Learn more about waterfowl production area visitation. Waterfowl production areas in the District range in size from 0.32 acres (McIntosh PDL 1C) to 1,757 acres (Lazy M). These waterfowl production areas are spread throughout the four counties and are open to wildlife-dependent recreational activities year-round.
Rules and Policies
Waterfowl Production Areas are managed to provide important resting and breeding grounds for migratory birds, waterfowl, and other wildlife.
Please observe the following regulations to protect natural resources and to help ensure your visit will be safe and enjoyable.
Closed on Federal Holidays